I just got back to Thailand after photographing some of the most beautiful, surreal landscapes I've seen. This series includes photographs of Mount Bromo and the sulfur mine in the pit of Mount Ijen's crater. I hope you enjoy the photographs.
A lone tree in the sea of sand between the caldera wall and Mount Bromo.
The stairs that lead up to the rim of Bromo's crater.
A closeup of Bromo's crater. While I there, I could hear the loud roar of the volcano, which one can hear for over ten kilometers away. It's amazingly powerful, and somewhat scary.
The texture of the landscape surrounding the crater.
In the early hours of the morning before the sun rises, it's possible to see the orange glow of the lava illuminate the plume errupting from the volcano.
A panorama view of Mount Bromo and Cemorolawang, the village on the caldera's edge.
The sulfur mine in the bottom of Ijen's crater. The blue flame is created when sulfur combusts on contact with air, and the smoke is toxic. The light from workers' headlamps illuminate the surrounding rocks. Workers in this mine wear no protective clothing. They constantly inhale toxic volcanic gas, and have to carry heavy loads of rock hundreds of feet up the steep crater wall.
Hundreds of tourists flock down the crater wall at 3 AM to witness the blue flame. Hundreds of headlamps illuminate the path on the crater wall.
Mariono is a worker in the sulfur mine. He creates crafts and sculptures from molten sulfur to sell to tourists for extra money.
Mariono lifts up one of his sulfur sculptures.
The sky is so dark over Ijen's crater that it's possible to see the Milky Way.
The view from Ijen at sunrise.